The once-blighted neighborhoods of Melrose and Morrisania in the South Bronx are littered with vacant lots, but new affordable housing developments are quickly springing up to fill the holes. Nonprofit SoBro Development Corporation is moving forward with plans for an eight-story affordable and supportive building at 481 East 164th Street, on the corner of Washington Avenue in Morrisania.
Earlier this year, the two-story hardware store at 420 Tompkins Avenue, in southwestern Bedford-Stuyvesant, was demolished to make way for a six-story, 44-unit residential building, and now the steel-framed structure is a story above street level, per Brownstoner. Charles Mallea is designing, and the building will measure 29,908 square feet, featuring rental-sized units averaging 680 square feet. Bed-Stuy-based CS Management is developing, and completion is expected in the spring of 2016.
In May of 2014, YIMBY brought you renderings of TEN Arquitectos’ conceptual plans for the St. Johns Terminal building at 550 Washington Street, in Hudson Square. At the time, multiple owners complicated the redevelopment of the 1.1-million square-foot structure, which has 280,000 square feet of air rights, but now Westbrook Partners has bought out Fortress Investment Group’s ownership stake for more than $200 million, according to Crain’s. Atlas Capital Group, who tried to acquire additional air rights from Pier 40 last year, will retain their minority stake. Plans include a new residential tower, which may be built ground-up or as a conversion/expansion, but city approval is required before construction can begin.
Jamaica-based Pride Hospitality Group has filed applications for an 18-story, 283-unit hotel building at 149-03 Archer Avenue, in downtown Jamaica, located three blocks from the Jamaica LIRR station, JFK AirTrain and the E, J and Z subways at Sutphin Boulevard. The building will measuring 110,463 square feet, and hotel rooms will average 390 square feet. Jamaica-based Manish Savani is the architect of record, and an existing single-story auto-repair must first be demolished.
When YIMBY stopped by the Prospect Plaza affordable housing development in Ocean Hill earlier this summer, the first two buildings were inching toward completion on Prospect Place between Howard and Saratoga Avenues. Across the street, foundation work on Phase 2 had just begun. Now new building applications have been filed for the third and final piece of the project at 1845 Sterling Place, a large, vacant corner lot next to Eastern Parkway.